Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
November 19, 2020
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On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Finalsite Resources for Schools:
Schools are encouraged to explore the resource library on the Finalsite website for a great deal of helpful information on fundraising, marketing, social media, communications and website design: https://www.finalsite.com/resources
 
This website also offers a great library of blogs on many different topics to help negotiate school enrollment management and advancement efforts: https://www.finalsite.com/blog
 
Finally, there is an excellent COVID-19 hub of information on the Finalsite website that offers guidance on all things virtual (communications, admissions, events, etc.): https://www.finalsite.com/resources/coronavirus-communication-strategies-for-schools
 
Check out these resources to discover what schools throughout the country are doing to reach prospective families and potential donors.

On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Director of the Catholic Biblical School:

Google Classroom and Thursday Tech Help
The Catholic Biblical School (CBS) now has an online domain, and all enrolled students have access to the CBS GSuite for calendars, in-class communications, and more. CBS students and teachers who would like assistance using the new Hartford Catholic Biblical School GSuite are invited to attend open technical help sessions with Jennifer McClintock on Thursday, November 19, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. In December please email Jennifer.McClintock@aohct.org for additional sessions or individual times, as needed. 
 
Save the Dates for Ongoing Virtual Biblical Formation:
  • February 6 and 13, 2021--Disability in (and in Front of) the Bible
  • March 6, 2021--The Scriptural Roots of the Creed
Thanksgiving and Christmas Breaks:
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 23-28, 2020
  • Christmas Break: December 20, 2020-January 3, 2021
Catholic Biblical School (CBS) and Covid-19
With Covid cases spiking and restrictions increasing in Connecticut, CBS classes may have to move online at any time. Please visit the CBS webpages, and/or check with your teachers and this newsletter to keep up-to-date with any changes that may be announced in the coming weeks and months.
 
Winter Weather Considerations
Class cancellations and other changes of venue are posted at least two hours before class time on the STSRegistrar Notifications page. To log in, follow the directions on the website page, Current Students. If you are unable to access a computer reliably, please make arrangements with a fellow student for information about these kinds of important announcements.

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Advisor to the Vicar for Finance & Technology:

CDWG Sales Representatives for Archdiocese of Hartford (AOH) Schools
CDWG has added another sales representative for schools in the AOH. Steve Fiore stepfio@cdw.com, (203) 851-7010, is still the main contact for Archdiocese of Hartford schools, but David Gulbin Davigul@cdw.com, (203) 851-7064, has been added to the team. Please reach out to either one of them with your tech questions. 
 
Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
The OEEC invites you to explore the new and improved Remote Learning Resources section of our website. This section will include resources on Technology, Remote Learning for Coding and Computer Science, Teaching in a Remote Environment, Marketing During Covid-19 and more!  Please be sure to check back often as these pages are updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources.
 
New this week:
Get Ready for Hour of Code
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2020 Computer Science Education Week will be December 7-13, 2020
 
To ensure the day is successful for your students, it is necessary to prepare some things in advance. Here's a checklist:
  • Review the Hour of Code Educator Guide.
  • Register your event with Hour of Code. Every school that registers gets recognition and registering allows Code.org to measure impact.  
  • Select 2-3 activities/tutorials for the entire week and try them out first. This preparation step helped students to make connections to the previous lessons, helped to facilitate learning, and also anticipated where some students might need further assistance.
  • Tailor any of Code.org’s lessons or activities to meet the needs of your class.
  • Prepare and print completion certificates for students.
For more ideas and lessons for how to keep the Hour of Code going all year-round click here.
 
2020 CyberStart America
The 2020 CyberStart America program is a series of online challenges that allow students to act as cyber protection agents to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore related topics such as code breaking, networking, and digital forensics. Students and their teachers do not need knowledge or experience in information technology or cybersecurity to participate. The only items necessary for participating students and schools is a computer and an internet connection.
 
The program, sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and the SANS Institute, is free to all schools and students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to enter the challenge to compete for the chance to win scholarships, prizes and recognition for themselves and their schools.
 
Registration is now open, and high school students can begin playing at any time. To register, visit https://www.cyberstartamerica.org/.  The website also includes more details on the program and examples of the types of challenges students will face in the games.
 
Educator Learning Hub - Connecticut  State Department of Education (CSDE)
November 2020 has been named Career Development Month. To support the ongoing efforts to design career development and guidance opportunities for learners, the CSDE Academic Office has created Career PD On Demand Playlists of curated resources. 
 
Resources include:
  • Blended Learning Environments
  • Apple Education Resources for Educators
  • Khan Academy Professional Learning
Upcoming SMART Learning Suite Online - Webinar
Maximizing your Smart Learning Suite Online Investment – Interactive Learning Even at a Distance
Discover how the easy-to-use, integrated SMART Learning Suite Online software offers tools to support teaching and learning in a variety of environments, including Google Chrome, Microsoft® and Learning Management Systems. Teachers will learn how to create active learning environments anywhere! The next session will be held on December 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. To register, click here
 
Attention all Archdiocesan Catholic Schools
Thank you for helping to update the school directory page of the OEEC website by sending any updated pictures and descriptions to Laura McCaffrey or Kelsey Meczywor. Access your school’s current page by clicking here. Many thanks for your assistance. 
 
VEX IQ Archdiocesan School Robotic League
We are planning to kick-off another successful Robotics & Code Experience for all of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, but this year it will be held virtually. Please click here to watch a video on the coding and robotic software that the VEX IQ Archdiocesan School Robotic League will be using this year! Please let us know if you are interested click here to take a short survey. 

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Dear Christus Vivit Discussion Group Participants, 
Due to some recent changes within the structure of the OEEC, we are going to postpone the Virtual Book Study of Christus Vivit until early 2021. Thank you so much for your patience and anticipated cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach out to Kelly.Henderschedt@aohct.org
 
Attention Confirmation Coordinators:
The NFCYM (National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) just hosted a fantastic webinar on Youth Confirmation and we encourage you to watch the recording. The webinar was entitled: Confirmation Ministry with Youth in 2020 and Beyond with Tom East of Center for Ministry Development. This webinar will explore the models and methods that are helpful in successfully coordinating a Confirmation preparation and follow-through process within a parish setting. We will look at the direction for ministry with young people provided by Pope Francis in Christus Vivit, and examine strategies for engaging and involving families and sponsors with the young people so that all the resources of your parish community are utilized. This will include guidance for preparing youth for Confirmation during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic utilizing virtual gatherings, and accompaniment, and enhancing the role of sponsors and parents in the process.
 
As a follow up to this webinar, there will be a Virtual Meeting for Confirmation Coordinators of the Archdiocese of Hartford to further explore Tom East’s message. This will take place on Thursday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Click this link to join this gathering. You can also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3212, please use access code: 240-385-685.
 
Advent Resources for Catechetical Leaders and Catholic School Educators
Looking for resources to help children and families celebrate upcoming holidays and feast days?  Bookmark this page to find links for videos, articles, and family activities that focus on upcoming seasonal days of celebration.  Return often, as these resources will change throughout the year.
 
Women’s Conference Update
Wednesdays with Women - the Virtual Women’s Conference Continues on December 2!  
Join us on December 2, 2020 for the next gathering of our virtual Women’s Conference events, “Wednesdays with Women”! Come as you are at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month for a taste of the Women’s Conference experience.  Click here to register and be a part of this taste of the Women’s Conference. 
 
Workshop: Mary's YES (presented by Sheri Dursin) 
“I am the Lord’s Servant.  May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) Mary’s response to God’s invitation brought Christ into the world and changed our lives forever  What courage and faith it must have taken to say “yes”-an act of complete surrender to God’s will. In doing so, Mary shows us what our response to God’s call should be. During this Advent season, reflect on the ways in which God is inviting you into an intimate relationship with your Creator. By responding with our own “yes” we are bringing Christ into the world every day.
 
Prayer Experience: Visio Divina 
Visio divina invites the viewer into "divine seeing." Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. Similarly, visio divina invites one to encounter the divine through images. A prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph in the magazine, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation allows the viewer to experience the divine in a unique and powerful way. Visio divina can be practiced individually or in a small group or worship setting by using a piece of art as a focal point for prayer. Scripture can also be paired with the image in order for the viewer to reflect on the scripture through the art. (Description courtesy of The Upper Room Ministries)
 
Please feel free to share this event with anyone who would benefit from participating. All women of faith, of every age and stage, are welcome! 
 
Recordings of past “Wednesdays with Women,” as well as more information about upcoming speakers and sessions, are available on the Women's Conference Webpage
 
Virtual Conversations on the RCIA This Fall/Winter
Thanks to our friends and collaborators at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), there are a number of virtual opportunities to discuss a variety of topics around RCIA and sacramental preparation this fall and winter.
 
Before celebrating the Rite of Election, the catechumens are to enter into a process of discernment and discussion with the pastor and other catechumenal leaders. What are the questions to ask? What should we be observing? How do we know people are ready to move forward in the process?
 
Art and music has always been an important part of our Christian faith. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states that art has the ability to turn our "minds devoutly toward God" and that music "is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art." (122, 112) In this conversation, we will discuss how we can practically use the arts to echo our faith and enhance our celebration of God's Word.
 
LTP is also hosting ongoing virtual conversations specific to The RCIA Adapted for Children. Please consider being a part of those conversations to be better prepared to welcome children to the Sacraments of Initiation outside of the "usual" ages and times: 
RICA - Formación y Actualización. Diálogos Virtuales en Español
Jueves 19 noviembre a las 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (3/3) Aprenda cómo usar de la manera más provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.
 
Martes 9 febrero, 2021 a las 8:00 p.m.: Iniciación cristiana para niños y niñas: preparación y celebración de los ritos Veamos los ritos de la iniciación cristiana con los niños. Cuáles son y cómo prepararlos para celebrarlos con alegría y entusiasmo.
 
Talleres Virtuales Sobre el Nuevo Directorio para la Catequesis
USCCB, Sadlier y La Asociación Católica Nacional de Directores Diocesanos del Ministerio Hispano (NCADDHM) presentan seis talleres pastorales gratuitos sobre el nuevo Directorio para la Catequesis. Se recomienda que tomen TODOS los talleres para tener una visión completa del nuevo directorio.
 
Dirigido a Ministros y Agentes Pastorales | DREs/CREs | Líderes Catequéticos | Líderes Diocesanos de Ministerio Hispano | Superintendentes | Coordinadores de RICA | Directores y Maestros de Escuelas Católicas |Catequistas | Predicadores | Párrocos/Sacerdotes/Diáconos | Ministro de Jóvenes | Padres de Familia. 
 
Regístrese en: www.nuevodirectorio.com
  • Noviembre 24 - 8:00 p.m.: Obispo Oscar Cantú y Kathia Arango, M.A. (Introducción y capítulos 1-2)
  • Diciembre 1 - 8:00 p.m.: Sr. Rosalia Meza, Ph.D. (Capítulos 3-4)
  • Diciembre 8 - 8:00 p.m.: Dr. F. Javier Orozco (Capítulos 5-6)
  • Enero 5 - 8:00 p.m.: Miriam Hidalgo González, M.A. (Capítulos 7-8)
  • Enero 12 - 8:00 p.m.: José Amaya, M.A. (Capítulos 9-10)
  • Enero 19 - 8:00 p.m.: Obispo Daniel Flores (Capítulos 11-12)
Advent Evening of Reflection - Open to All Parish and School Ministers!
Save the date for an Advent Evening of Reflection on December 15, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the New England Faith Forum. This evening of reflection will be facilitated by Colleen Moore, Director of Formation for the McGrath Institute for Church Life and program director for ECHO (a two-year graduate service learning program that partners with dioceses across the country to train the next generation of leaders in faith formation and theological education in Catholic parishes and schools). Stay tuned for more details, but save the date!

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